Islands of the Indian Ocean returned tourists volumes after the recession of the last two years
Islands of the Indian Ocean - Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius - have shown good results in the past year in comparison with 2015. Traditionally, on the first place are Maldives, Mauritius also shows the growth, which is pleased for the tour operators after the persistent downturn of the direction during the last two years. But Seychelles stick around the last year's level.
According to Rosstat, in 2015 the number of tourists from Russia to Maldives fell by 44%, but for the first 9 months of 2016 grew by 30.6%. And in this year, the tour operators noted an increase of the volumes in this direction. As the Director of the department of "Art-Tour" Anna Grigoryan said, the number of rooms booked in Maldives has increased by 25-30%. "There are more hotels and transportation options, and the direction is very popular. Profitability of Maldivian tours is quite adequate. Prices have not fallen, but not increased. On New Year's Eve, of course, the cost of hotels increases in the two - three times", - she added.
For the season 2017, the customers book their tours to all the Indian Ocean islands with a depth of two - three weeks till the May holidays. Seychelles remain as the most "stable" direction - there are no changes, the new hotels did not appear, so the flow of tourists cannot grow especially: "Depending on the year the volumes range from minus 2 - 3% - to plus 5-6%. Seychelles are in demand not only in Russia but on the European market also. The Europeans, unlike our compatriots are planning to rest there much in advance. And since the hotel infrastructure of the Seychelles is not very big, there are very limited suggestions for two or three weeks before the departure.
According to the Head of the company "Quinta Tour" Tatiana Rylsky, for 11 months of the last year the Indian Ocean islands showed an increase of 10-15% against the same period of 2015. She noted the growing demand for Maldives, especially in the segment of luxury hotels. "And so we noted the growth of Mauritius, which was in decline in 2015 in comparison with 2014”.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.